I've been a "lurking" member here at Elise Talk for awhile, but this will be my first post. I was reading up on the New Europa S the other day, and saw some pictures of the Luxury Trim package that Lotus is offering for it. It obviously uses the same interior components as our Elises and Exiges... and I noticed that they have heater vents with chrome rings around them. I've found a UK dealer who is willing to supply us with these vents for our cars if we'd like them. I have one on order to see if they will in fact fit. If it does, I have the OK from the dealer to pass on their info if anyone else would like to order them. I'll keep this post updated with my progress. You can look at the pics below to see what I'm talking about. Also, it seems like the Europa uses a slightly different Speedo unit... if I can confirm that the lighting is different on it, I might bite the bullet and try one to see if it would work in our cars too. Hopefully all we would have to do is switch out the overlay so it reads mph instead of kph. Again, reference the pictures to see what I mean.
UPDATE: I received the first vent and its a direct replacement. As soon as the other three come in (should be any day now... I waited a bit before posting this), I'll update with a photo of what they look like. Oh, and I'll pass on the info for the UK dealer that was nice enough to send them. For those of you looking for other pieces of this set (that chrome ring around the shift boot), the parts guy didn't seem to have any issues with sending me the parts. Maybe they will let you import some of the stock pieces from the Luxury Trim kit? From what I've been reading, this color combo is the only choice for this option... I would think they would be readily available.
UPDATE : Vents are installed, I'll be adding a picture of them in the morning. The total per vent from the UK worked out to roughly $60 shipped ($240 total). Sorta steep, it would be nice if these would find their way onto either the new Elises or Exiges. The cost would go way down buying them from a dealer here. Also, I received the ring that goes around the shift console... its NOT matte plastic like I had previously been told. It is, in fact, Brushed Aluminum. I will upload a pic of it along with the part number shortly. Total worked out to $80 shipped. From what I can see, it goes under the shift boot for attachment. Fancy piece, and totally worth the $80 dollars. It seems like it would fit without any problems, but I haven't actually installed it yet as I'm planning on buying a carbon fiber center console. Here's the order info:
Andy @ Bell and Colvill Lotus of UK
Email: [email protected]
Chrome Vent Part # A124U0152F
Brushed Aluminum Shift Console Ring Part # B124U0127F
Pic 1 - Europa S Interior
Pic 2 - Console Ring on top of my console to show fitment (fits perfectly)
Pic 3 - Chrome Ringed Vents
Pic 4 - Shot of the Console Ring
Pic 5 - Driver's side Vent
As you can see by the pics, the Console Ring has three holes that the Europa shift boot attaches to... We could maybe use the Europa boot to solve that problem, I don't know though as I haven't taken off my shift console yet to see how it would attach. Otherwise, I was planning on getting some brushed aluminum trim screws, and CAREFULLY drill small holes into my new CF console to attach the ring it to. Anyone want to chime in on this?